Edison Ford Home School Programs

Homeschool 2015-2016

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique opportunity for home school families to learn science and history by exploring many Edison inventions in fields ranging from electricity to movies.

Each session follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards (Common Core).  Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class.  Parents are required to attend and participate in the class with their student.  A parent may bring non-disruptive younger siblings who must remain seated with the parent at all times. 


  • Edison Ford Members:  $15 (one adult; one child) 
  • Non-members:  $25 (one adult, one child) 
  • Each additional child is $15


  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early and bring a lunch and share time with other home school families or stay after class and self-guide tour the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. 
  • Full payment is required at the time of registration
  • Subject to availability, limited class sizes

OctoberEarth Science/Geology

Students will study the Earth. They will understand the structure of the Earth and its surface features, what causes earthquakes and tsunamis, and why volcanoes form and erupt. Students will learn about the history of geologists and geographers that shaped the field. They will learn about minerals, which form the building blocks of rocks, and how rocks are made and destroyed. They will observe rocks and create fun experiments to create safe volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

            Monday and Friday: October 12, October 16.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

November-- Space Science

Students will explore the scientific revolution and history of space exploration from Isaac Newton, Herschel and Hubble. They will explore space and the universe and learn about myths/constellations. Students will learn about famous inventors as with Galileo and one of his greatest inventions, the telescope. They will create simple telescopes and create water rockets!

            Monday and Friday: November 9, November 13.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

December—Life Science/Biology

Students will learn the science of biology. They will be introduced to the fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, such as plants, microorganism, animals and human beings. Students will be introduced to technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology that will improve the quality and standard of life in health, agriculture and medicine.  They will use microscopes to observe organisms and create experiments as with living yeast.

Monday and Friday: December 14, December 18.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

January—Nature of Science/Scientific Method

Students will learn that science is methodical approach to the studying of the natural world! They will learn the Scientific method approach to which even Thomas Edison used in his experimentations. Students will conduct experiments with the scientific methods as with polymers and density stacker.

Monday and Friday: January 11, January 15.

1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

February— Force &Motion/Physics Legos

Students will learn about the forces and Newton’s laws of motion, the fundamentals of Physics. They will be introduced to the concepts of physics and apply them to experiments with Legos.

            Monday and Friday: February 8, February 12.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

March—Energy Transfer

Students will learn energy exchanges from one system to another through different materials: chemistry, electricity, etc. They will learn the concepts of units as with joules, in combination with the direction of energy transfer in and to one system to another. Students will be introduced to thermodynamics through experiments as with heating, electric circuits and mass transfer through pulley-systems!

            Monday and Friday: March 7, March 11.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

April— Power the World/Electricity

Students will explore America’s greatest inventors, as with Thomas Edison. Students will make a battery, work with LED’s and build a circuit. Students will learn about Thomas Edison’s scientific brother, Michael Faraday and his experiments that would change the world. They will make motors with circuits. Students will learn about electricity and the history of the industrial revolution with electrical industry. They will learn famous inventors through Benjamin Franklin and Alessandro Volta. They will be able to design a lighting system. In Spirit of the holidays, students will learn that the Christmas lights that were started by Thomas Edison.

            Monday and Friday: April 11, April 15.

            1st -3rd Grades: 9:00-11:00am; 4th -6th Grades: 1:00-3:00pm.

To register or for questions, Contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org